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Taking a Shot

Book 3, Portland Storm

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USA Today bestselling author Catherine Gayle presents another novella in the emotional Portland Storm hockey romance series. 

Rising hockey star Jamie Babcock is ready to take the most important shot of his life—and this time, it’s not on the ice. Dating his teammate’s daughter might be riskier than going head to head with one of the Portland Storm’s rivals. But time is running out—it’s now or never.

High school senior Katie Weber knows all too well the woes of adolescence, but throw in a leukemia diagnosis, and her life just got a lot more complicated. With prom looming and a shiny bald head to contend with, Katie might sit at home on the most important night of her potentially very short life. Unless Jamie Babcock, her ultimate crush, finally makes the move she’s been praying for. But that’s not the only miracle she needs.

Now Jamie must show Katie just how important she is and how hard she must fight.

Before it’s too late…

This 20,000 word novella was previously released as part of the Seduced by the Game anthology.

The Portland Storm series
1) Breakaway
2) On the Fly
3) Taking a Shot
4) Light the Lamp
5) Delay of Game
6) Double Major
7) In the Zone
8) Holiday Hat Trick
9) Comeback
10) Dropping Gloves
11) Home Ice
12) Mistletoe Misconduct
13) Losing an Edge
14) Game Breaker
15) Defensive Zone - coming soon
16) Power Play - coming soon
17) Neutral Zone - coming soon

Customer Reviews

Great book

This was a great book with substance and characters that keeps the reader interested and anticipating later books in the series


Great little read

Short but sweet

Everyone knows that Katie Weber and Jamie Babcock only have eyes for each other. But she's still in high school, and her dad is Jamie's NHL teammate, so dating is out of the question. But now Katie's been diagnosed with leukemia, and while Jamie was content to wait a few years, he doesn't know anymore if they'll even have a few years.

The Verdict: I'm usually pretty anti-novella, but I just had to get the story about Jamie and Katie, especially since it was clear long before her diagnosis was revealed that cancer was on the horizon. The story itself is super-short and really only covers Katie's prom, but for now it's enough.

Katie's lost so much of her high school experience since being diagnosed with leukemia. The once-vibrant teenager is now taking online courses at home, sleeping all the time, and seemingly abandoned by her friends. It's not much of a life for a girl who once had everything, and it seems like she's giving up the fight. When Jamie learns that she's not even going to her prom, he listens to his teammates and decides that this time it might be worth incurring the wrath of her father to give her just this one high school experience.

Jamie's too much of a sweetheart to be a fighter, and he's also respectful enough of Weber and his daughter that he would never cross the line. But asking Katie to her prom, showing her that it doesn't matter that she lost her hair and that she's still the most beautiful girl he's ever seen is worth only getting 88 pages of story. Since the story's so short, there isn't a lot of detail I can give without essentially telling the whole thing, but suffice it to say that this was one romantic prom experience. Since Katie is so young, it's not about sex, but rather about falling in love, accepting life and fighting for it, and believing in hope even when things seem hopeless. For anyone reading the Portland Storm series, this novella is not to be skipped!

Other Books in This Series

Taking a Shot
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  • $2.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Contemporary
  • Published: Sep 04, 2014
  • Publisher: Bons Mots, Inc.
  • Seller: Bons Mots, Inc.
  • Print Length: 114 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: Book 3, Portland Storm
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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